Do you have artwork that you want to share with the world? The first thing you need to do is secure a spot in an exhibition. After you’ve done this, you then need to put together a body of work appropriate for the venue. Here’s an overview on how to prepare your own art portfolio for an exhibition:

  • When you have all of your artwork completed and photos have been taken, create an inventory list. Your list can include things like a digital image of the painting, title, size, and medium, price of unframed piece, cost of frame and gallery of exhibition.
  • Send a document with painting images and corresponding details to the gallery for their files. The gallery will also want an artist’s statement, biography and updated C.V.
  • Determine if your paintings needs framing. Bear in mind that framing can be very expensive.
  • Choose your molding style and then order frames using the dimensions you measured. Order custom made frames or purchase lengths of molding to build your own frames if you have the right tools. It can take several weeks for ordered framing to arrive so factor all of this into your schedule. When you receive the frames, assign the paintings to the appropriate frames and install with suitable hardware.
  • Even if the journey isn’t far, you want to prepare each painting for transportation. Wrap them with cardboard corners and plastic wrap to protect them from scratches and dents. If the destination is in another city or country, you will have to crate and ship the paintings.
  • The main thing is to get your paintings to the gallery in one piece, once they have gotten there safely, trust the owner and staff to take care of the rest. You should probably promote the art exhibition independently of the gallery as well, whether it’s by email, social media or phone call, they’re all valuable to encourage clients, friends and family to support you and visit the exhibition.

On the day of the opening wear something that makes you feel comfortable and confident. You’re expected to socialize with clients, which can be very easy because they’re fascinated with you and your work. Be sociable, listen, offer insights on your paintings and just enjoy the event. All of your hard work has paid off and now it’s the gallery’s job to make things happen.

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